10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
People are receiving the good news about Jesus in different ways. In the city of Berea the people come to faith in Jesus by “examining the Scriptures”, that is the Bible. They heard Paul’s message then they checked it out for themselves. An increasing number of people are turning up where Christians are gathered to discover what it is that Christians believe and teach, to “check it out” for themselves. Let us always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring rest to you right now.